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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



14 Mar ‘65

My dear Mary

                I enclose the acknowledgment of Capt Shell[1] of the contents of the bag of socks recd yesterday. You will perceive it fell short one of your count. The bag was securely served & had not the appearance of having been opened. Your note said there were “5 prs: socks” sent with the box of wine. There were no socks in the box of wine & perhaps you intended  to write 50 prs: of socks, as that was the mem: the in the bag above mentioned & those were the socks attended to. I am sorry to say that 5 of the bottles of wine were empty or broken. The corks were decayed which caused the wine to leak out & the box badly packed. But perhaps it was as well spent that way as any other. We are all the same obliged to you & Fitzhugh. Rob Came up on business last evg & spent the night with us. Fitzhugh was well.

Give love to all

Truly & affly

R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 577, Section 29, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Gibson, 2017 August 16


[1] George Washington Shell (1831-1899) from Laurens, South Carolina. Shell was assigned to the Army of Northern Virginia supply train in 1864.

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